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The expression of potential event modality in the Papuan language of Koromu

Priestley, Carol


This paper aims to give an overview of the morphosyntax and semantics of potential event modality in Koromu (Kesawai), a Madang language in the Papuan group. Potential event modality refers to Palmer’s “events that are not actualized…but are merely potential” (2001:70). Some characteristics of event modality are compared with English and other Papuan/regional languages. The study is based on Koromu data in recorded texts, collected over a number of years and on earlier grammatical analysis...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012-10
Type: Conference paper
Source: Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference 2011


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